COVID-19 is spiraling upward across most of the USA, US epidemiologists abandoned by the Trump administration as the president continues to downplay the virus, including encouraging supporters to not be mask wearers in public or at rallies.

Things turned from bad to worse as Coronavirus infections soared this week to record levels, hospitalizations are up in almost every state, and now — predictably, but slowly — deaths are rising, too.

Health officials in the Mountain State are reporting the state’s largest spike of COVID-19 cases in a 24 hour period with 524 new cases reported as of 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Nearly 500 new cases were reported in a single day, earlier in the week. WV, OH, and KY having record number of cases, with increases in over 40 states.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says eight more West Virginians have died due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 451.

Outbreaks continue in WV with EMS responders, public schools, government agencies, jails, and nursing homes.

Three employees with the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority have tested positive for the coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m., Oct. 30, health officials say have reported 23,990 COVID-19 cases throughout the pandemic. Of those, 4,987 cases are active, with 18,552 West Virginians recovered from the virus. Hospitalizations continue to rise, with 240 people in the hospital due to COVID-19 and 27 currently on a ventilator.

The state has received 767,500 total confirmatory laboratory results for COVID-19, with a current daily percent positive rate of 3.77% and a cumulative percent positive rate of 2.91%, edging the closest the cumulative rate has been to 3% since April 25.

Confirmed cases per county include:

Barbour (187), Berkeley (1,650), Boone (380), Braxton (69), Brooke (239), Cabell (1,494), Calhoun (36), Clay (63), Doddridge (71), Fayette (787), Gilmer (64), Grant (198), Greenbrier (204), Hampshire (140), Hancock (230), Hardy (107), Harrison (673), Jackson (406), Jefferson (614), Kanawha (3,732), Lewis (101), Lincoln (258), Logan (785), Marion (405), Marshall (358), Mason (179), McDowell (126), Mercer (781), Mineral (232), Mingo (632), Monongalia (2,329), Monroe (260), Morgan (154), Nicholas (190), Ohio (585), Pendleton (77), Pleasants (33), Pocahontas (72), Preston (208), Putnam (926), Raleigh (834), Randolph (419), Ritchie (46), Roane (114), Summers (131), Taylor (170), Tucker (65), Tyler (43), Upshur (268), Wayne (605), Webster (35), Wetzel (202), Wirt (55), Wood (647), Wyoming (321).